The Gamecocks are happy to have Tyrone Johnson back.
“Ty is a low turn-over guy that understands the game, understands coaching, and that means were going to get shocked when he’s in there,” said head coach Frank Martin following Sunday’s match-up.
The senior led scoring with 23 points and added six rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s exhibition match-up, and notes it’s good to be back.
Experience is key.
“We are in a better place as a team, and it’s all because we’ve got experience,” Martin said. “And like I’ve tried to say for the last couple of weeks, I kind of understand those guys, and more importantly, they understand us. They understand what it takes to win a game and they don’t take it for granted.” Players like Sindarius Thornwell and Duane Notice are now sophomores that have playing time under their belts and are able to have more confidence on the court making plays. Thornwell finished out with 14 total points and 23-minutes of playing time on the court Sunday; while Notice put up 32-minutes on the wood and 10-points for the Gamecocks.
Junior guard Austin Constable did not play because of a left knee injury, and sophomore Justin McKie sat out because of a concussion. However, junior veteran Michael Carrera picked up for South Carolina with 15 rebounds total.
It’s easy to see this Gamecock team is ready to explode with talent and really believes in what Frank Martin has built this program around.
Take a look at what the head coach had to say following the match-up.
Also, Benedict College head coach Fred Watson had nothing but praise for the garnet-and-black on Sunday.
South Carolina fans are excited about basketball.
Head coach Frank Martin nailed it on the head. Whoever said South Carolina doesn’t have a fan base clearly didn’t check their numbers. 10,011 fans piled into Colonial Life Arena for the community match-up against Benedict on Sunday.
Needless to say, it’s going to be an exciting year for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks will see the court again against North Florida at home on November 14.